August 27, 2011

Pick Four Blog Hop - Day 4

It's finally my turn to share with you Sue Abrey's new book, Pick Four

 
Sue has provided very detailed instructions, beautifully illustrated, for making 12 gorgeous quilts in this book.  The patterns are suitable for beginning quilters as well as more experienced quilters.

 When I'm looking for a new quilting book, I usually flip through it to see if I like the projects.  I definitely love all the projects in this book, but the first thing that really impressed me was that Sue has included close-up photos of the quilting on each of the projects, along with a section explaining the process for choosing the quilting design for each one.  This is in addition to a separate chapter on quilting options!  How many times have you finished piecing a quilt top and wondered, "How will I quilt it?" Reading Sue's comments about the quilting will certainly give you ideas. 


The book also includes a section on choosing fabrics for your quilt.  If you lack confidence in choosing fabrics, just use Sue's helpful hints to find "clues" in the fabric, and you'll soon be selecting fabrics effortlessly for a stunning quilt. 

Sue and I have frequently discussed the differences in our quilting styles.  Sue, along with many others, prefers quilts with limited fabrics. The book is written with these quilters in mind.  Also, beginning quilters may not have a huge stash of fabrics to choose from.  But what if you do like scrap quilts?  Don't worry, I've already checked -- my opinion is that each of these designs would make a wonderful scrap quilt.


Sue will  be giving away an autographed copy of Pick Four to one lucky person who comments on this post.  If you'd like to be that lucky person, leave a comment here and answer this question:

When you "Pick Four," what color will be in at least one of your fabrics?  


There are still lots of stops left on the tour.  If you haven't visited Hazel, Mary, and Pat, go now!
  The rest of the stops:
See you at Barb's tomorrow!

Kim

p.s. - To those you who may be in the path of Irene, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Be safe!

Entries are now closed.  I'll announce the winner on 8/31.

171 comments:

sheddy said...

Definitely Pink. I love pink. And would love the book.

Peg said...

Oooh - those patterns are irresistible!

ferne said...

I usually add some red, but definitely white.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

I would go for red for my first quilt from this book!

Sand and Sunshine said...

Another Floridian nice to meet you. In picking four colors the color that would have to be in one of the fabrics would be blue. It's my favorite though oddly one of my least favorite to match. Does it go towards dark, towards purple, silver, grey and so on. This was something I never noticed in my clothes but I sure notice it in quilts!

Lisa Marie said...

I think at least one of my fabrics would have some yellow. And the brighter, the better! This book looks great. The color options and quilting suggestions are a definite plus that you don't get in every quilt book.

Silverthimble said...

I would pick green! Green is my favorite colour and I consider green to be a neutral--it goes with everything!

sewali said...

I'm pretty sure either pink or green or both pink AND green would feature in my choices!

Sallie said...

I love the second quilt you show. Mine would have to have blue! I'd probably choose 2 shades of blue, a green, and champagne for my pick 4. Thanks for the giveaway!

canuckquilter said...

Hmmm, I'm a blue gal - love all sorts of blues - but then I saw the comment about yellow and that popped into my head too. I'll need the book to see if I can make both work. Or maybe I'd just need to make two quilt...oh darn!

sewali said...

I meant to say, I love your Scrap Basket books, I've made Summer Breeze with a jelly roll from the Eden range by Lila Tueller, you can see the finished quilt at http://oaktree-quilts.blogspot.com/2011/05/happy-quilt-is-finished.html

Gretchen said...

Purple! I love purple and lately it has appeared in a lot of my quilts. I may choose blue though because my stash is overflowing with blues at the moment.

Monica said...

I love so many colors, but I tend to earthy deep tones of red or purple augmented with greens and blues. Bits of orange and/or yellow to top everything off!

Pokey said...

RED is always on the "collection" stack, cannot have too much of it, lol
Oh, I send my prayers for the east coast too, Keep them safe!
:-}pokey

Donna said...

Beige unless you could the rich purple backing! I'm collecting fabrics for Stepping Stones. Love Sue's book!

Exuberant Color said...

Any color on the warm side of the color wheel will usually be in every quilt. This book looks interesting.

Kathy said...

One of my four colors will be GREEN. LOVE greens such as forest greens. But sometimes I think everything goes with green because I love it so much. What is important is that you said, "The book also includes a section on choosing fabrics for your quilt. If you lack confidence in choosing fabrics, just use Sue's helpful hints to find "clues" in the fabric, and you'll soon be selecting fabrics effortlessly for a stunning quilt." I need that help! Come on lucky random thingy -- pick me!

Anne said...

I spent some time this summer stash-sorting and trying to bring all my fabrics together from their various haunts in the house into one central location. It is amazing what long-forgotten pieces surface when one does this! And I found a lovely combination of four fabrics (with yardage, not just small pieces!) that would lend itself beautifully to a project from this book - rich green, tan and rust. Might be an old-style combination, but I think it would still look great.

Barb said...

I am commenting now before Irene hits! I will say that there will definitely be a tone of blue, blue/green in my quilt! Thanks so much for the chance to win a signed book!

Nancy said...

Orange, it is really a pop color.

Marj said...

I think that the first quilt I would make from this book would be from my stash. I would try to use the four colors that I had the most of. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Sue's book.

Amy said...

I would have to have some shade of blue. I like the idea of only needing 4 fabrics to make a quilt.

Vicki said...

love those greens. this time of year definitely autumn colors.

Carol C. said...

One of the colors would have to be red!! The book looks wonderful -- Love the quilts!! Everyone I have seen looks like one I would like to make! Thanks so much for the opportunity!

Paula said...

I am loving and wanting Sue's book more and more each day.
I love pale yellows and grays together.
Thanks for the giveaway.
Paula

Trudi said...

Well, I detoured from the four and may just end up with 5 in mine! Always have a cream/white on white :) I'm still piecing at the moment, gotta get a move on! Please exclude me from the giveaway Kim, Happy Weekend! Oh, and I completely agree on the scrappyness of the patterns too!

Barb in Mi said...

Great book review - and my quilt would have RED in it!

wackywoman said...

This book is such a great idea. Which color will almost always make its way into my quilts is....white, no black, no white, no black. Dang it. OK White.

Marilyn

the running chicken quilting said...

I think it will be yellow......some sunny sort of yellow to warm things up! Tomorrow, it might be red!!!

Joanna said...

I think I usually have a cream or white in most of my quilts, so that would probably one of my "Pick Four" colors. That's a good question.

Carol said...

I love that this book shows the quilting and tells options for quilting, not many books do that and I would be very interested in that. When I choose four fabrics, I would always be including the color red.

Terry said...

I think it would be light turquoise blue. I seem to be loving that color right now! Thanks for the chance at this great book! :0)

PDXPam said...

Definitely purple, some shade.. my fave color!!! Would so love to win a copy of this book!

Thanks for the chance!

gill said...

Definitely grey!
This looks such a great book!

Lori said...

I would have to say blue. I love blue, but don't always seem to include it in my quilts of late.

Thanks for the chance to win. Looks like a great book!

Deb said...

Has to be blue, I use blue in almost every quilt I make! Thanks for a chance to win the book.

Heartsdesire said...

Most of the quilts I make are scrappy, so there would have to be some yellow. I think it makes the other colours really pop. Looks like this book would be a great resource for every kind of quilter. Thanks for the chance to win.

Peach Rainbow said...

PINK ;D

Teresa Felgueiras said...

I love most colors but I'd choose cream and burgundy for my quilt.
Thanks for the giveaway and for the great blog hop.

Donna said...

I have been collecting batiks in blues and greens - so I think that they would be perfect for one of the quilts in this book. It would be hard to choose just one quilt from the book to make.

pbee ... said...

I don't remember the last time that I made a quilt with only four fabric choices. Which pattern I will pick and which four fabrics! Thanks for the review!

isa13 said...

All the colors are marvellous, and the choice is difficult.To pick four, I'd take blue first.
Have a nice day (without Irene I hope)

Shasta said...

It looks like a wonderful quilt. I think I would pick red - I need something vibrant and bright since winter is coming.

James-Linda said...

WHITE! SOUNDS BORING? IT HIGHLIGHTS ALL MY OTHER CHOICES! THANKS SO FOR SHARING!

jldouglas@wispwest.net

Lee Ann said...

Probably something along the lines of chocolate brown. I love me some rich brown colors! LOL. :-D

Thank you for a chance to win.

MoodyBlue said...

This blog hop has been so fun!

I must have me some blues,blue of some sort in everything!

Jeanne said...

I think green would be in at least one.

pcflamingo said...

Red! Or purple. Hmm....yep, I'd have to go with red. But then again....no, red for sure.

onlymehere said...

Blue or peach. I love both of those colors.

Sue said...

Red !! Just my favorite color to use in quilts

Miss 376 said...

Ooh, probably a green I think, they seem to find their way into a lot of my projects

JulieF1962 said...

I would have to say blue would be my first choice for color.

Heather A said...

Brown. I wouldn't normally say brown but today I really feel fall weather coming down the pipes and brown seems warm and cozy in winter.

Delores said...

I think 'blue'. I have a new blue kitchen and would like to do something for the table.
Hope to win!! Thanks

Sunnybec said...

Dark pink that seems to be my colour of choice at the moment. Linda

Dolores said...

Easy - it would be blue. To me it's the easiest to work with and I have a lot of it - in various shades.

Janet said...

I seem to put red in every quilt I make. Whether I plan on it or not. I'd love to win a copy of Sue's book.

Cheryl Greenleaf said...

Yellow/orange marbled fabric, yellow fabric and orange fabric (love the way these 2 colors look together).

Jan said...

No doubt it would be red. Love it!

Wendy said...

I love cranberry so that would be in my choice of colors.....thanks for the opportunity to win......

Tina said...

I love aqua and have since I was a kid. Aqua definitely!!!

Carol said...

There sure are plenty of choices, but since I seem to be magnetized to pink this season, I think I would think PINK!!

Carol said...

red seems to be in most quilts I make if i can get it in there even in a tiny spot!

Mrs.Pickles said...

Thank you for the review! I would say I would have Brown in my next and 1st quilt!

Becky said...

Turquoise seems to attract my eye at the moment. Thanks for taking part in this blog hop!

Liz said...

This sounds like a must have book. Thanks for the chance to win a signed copy.

Mary said...

My go-to color is red. Thanks for a great book review. I'm especially looking forward to the part about machine quilting.

Marcia W. said...

Blue of some shade from aquas to purples -- in a quilt

Janette said...

Raspberry red again and again! Love your review. Thanks.

tpott said...

I'm in a Fall mood, so I'd say burnt oranges or in old Crayola terms burnt umber. I need this book, I'm so color challenged. Thanks for hosting today! ;>

Teri said...

Well.....that is a hard question! I think yellow in my thoughts today, but I really love rust. And that red yellow and blue quilt form the book is one I would love to do in those colors. So like I said that was a hard question .

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

hummm that is a hard question... that could be red, pink or blue :-) Thanks for the great review!

Reenie said...

Well, knowing me ALL colors would be in my quilt, but DEFINITELY red!!

Sandie ~call me crazy said...

RED, gotta have some red! I love that pinwheel quilt in the first photo! And you know~ I had to count in a couple of those as it looked like more than 4 fabrics. LOL Very clever of Sue! Thanks for the fun!

Rosa said...

Those are great.I love green .

I love that blue and red quilt.

robin said...

Red. :)

fiberobsession said...

I have a hard time making a quilt without yellow.

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

I love black and bright colors together so I guess black would be one of my colors. Or, it just might be blue lol.

Karin said...

It will have to have purple, lots and ots of purple

Lindi said...

I would use red.

Ella said...

Red. Definitely Red.

Mariel said...

Purple would be my color of choice. I carry a purple purse and wear a lot of purple. Love purple! Thanks for the chance to win this great book!

Anne D said...

Blue! The book looks great. Thanks for the chance to win.

suemac said...

Pink. Or maybe Purple. That books looks awesome.

Janet said...

I'd love to win a copy of this book! I'd pick purple as the color that will be included somewhere in my project...I think. Thanks for the giveaway.

Shakerwood said...

Always red! And lately there seems to be some kind of olive or sage green in with it. funny when I sorted through all my fabric the other day, I noticed that I have more blue than anything else. Maybe 'cause I just buy it and don't use it!

Loveday's Day said...

I like them all, but am loving the black and purples :)

Inge Lise said...

Jeg elsker gul og bruger også gerne grå eller sort
Bogen ser flot ud - tænk om man vandt.

Lesley said...

Blue...blue...blue will be one of my 4 fabrics! And would love to make a scrappy quilt...glad it will work!

Vicki ♥ said...

I always seem to have some green in my quilts, I love green and all colours really. Thanks for the great review and the book looks fabulous :) hugs Vicki x

Quiltin' Sandy said...

I love pink/ green and cream. So I guess I would say cream as I prefer to use it in my quilts rather than white. :)
Gorgeous Book!

Inge Lise said...

I love red and have a lot of it, so it will be dark and light red. I love the book and I think the book will love to live in my house.

Needled Mom said...

It looks like a great book with lots of fun ideas.

Pam said...

I would say yellow. This book looks like it has quite a few nice quilts in it. Choosing a pattern is so difficult sometimes. This would help with that.

Vicki said...

I would have to pick purple as one of the must have colours in my pick four fabrics.

Lee said...

I love purple but do not like yellow! thanks for the review !

Jeanne said...

Pink would be the color I would use.

linny said...

Would definitely have some red included.
lyn.robyn.smith@gmail.com

LONA said...

Chocolate brown would be in my quilt. What a great preview- thanks for the chance to win:)

Miss Nancy said...

Yellow and/or red would be the colors I would use in one of Sue's quilts. These colors would pop. Great review! Thank you for this giveaway.

Have a super great sewing and stitching day.

Yvonne said...

Hope I win the Pick Four book! I want to try it out with my new Accuquilt. Cute quilts with lots of possibilities!

Yvonne said...

I got so excited about using the book with my Accuquilt I forgot to tell you what color I would Go with. I love all colors but maybe I would choose red since I haven't really made a red quilt! Hope I win!

Quilting_Chris said...

Oh it has to be red, just look at those patterns. They jump off the screen.

lpnjam@aol.com said...

If I win the Pick Four, I will use some bright fushia and loden green for contrast. I think these colors look great together. Thanks for the chance to win.

Louise said...

Probably blue - one of my favorite colors. Thanks for your input on the book!

Diane said...

My color would have to be red. I seem to be drawn to any shade of red. Love to win the book.

Quilts And Pieces said...

My current color would have to be purple. I don't now why but all my quilts lately have purple in them!

Linda said...

Hm, I'm a blue girl and I tend to put blue in all of my quilts. Thanks for your input on the book. Thanks for the chance to win the book and I look forward to reading your blog. I'm enjoying the hop and finding out what everyone is working on....

jennifer gail said...

Defiantly green. I'm a green freak:)

Loris said...

At first I thought this was an easy question....then all the choices crowded to the front! I seem to be drawn to many shades of green these days but then there is barn red and mustard yellow....well, I'll pick green to start with :-)
Thanks for the chance to win a copy. And thanks for posting pics of some of the quilts. They look wonderful!

Diana said...

Thanks for the chance to win a great book, my current favorite color is purple.

Heatherly said...

I would pick a pink fabric.

Maddy said...

Firstly l would like to thank you all for the opportunity to win such a great prize. The colour l use the most in a quilt would have to be BEIGE. :)

Penny said...

I still like the fabric you chose for your Farmer's Wife blocks. Thank you and Sue for the opportunity to obtain a copy of what seems a fabulous book.

LindaTN said...

My favorite color is blue, so that would be my first choice. Thank you for the chance in the drawing.

LindaTN
ChenL99290@aol.com

Donna S. said...

Seems like it would be blue. I am a beginner & would love this book.

Pat V. said...

There will be red!

I love that Sue's book gives quilting options. I haven't done much quilting, and like to see ideas for what works with a pattern.

Barb said...

My color would have to be teal!! I have a beautiful teal fabric that I bought just because I had to.....and I have been looking for a pattern to use it in!!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love this book and the added quilting direction. I have a love of all things blue - almost any shade/hue.

jirons42 said...

Red is in almost every quilt I make. I love that someone said red is a neutral.

Bev C said...

Such a great book,my next quilt would have some blue in it. Prayers to all in the US.
Happy days.
Bev.xoxo

Hanne said...

I would shous pink, brown, crem and apple green. I cross my fingers:-)

JoyceM said...

I've been collecting green fabrics so that would be one of my colors. And since green goes with everything (Mother Nature can't be wrong), I'd probably pick some flower colors - lavender, yellow & blue. Thanks for the giveaway.

Gene Black said...

I will definitely have blue in one of them and also there will most likely be purple. Those are the colors I overbuy on because I love them so well.

Yes I want this book!

Barb said...

Sorry I didn't come by yesterday or even blog about your hop, I am a bad bad girl.... enjoyed your post. Everyone is fine here in my part of the world...just a short power outage, lots of rain and wind.

Pam C said...

Red is an absolute in any favorite quilt. Love the patterns, I see at least 3 I want to try.
Pam

Shannon said...

This book gets better and better. If I were to go into my stash right now and pick four colors it would be black, yellow, orange, and red. Thank you for the great review.

Jean said...

Gorgeous quilts! Must be a great book!

Lynda said...

My problem is that I seem to love ALL colors. But red is a favorite, or maybe turquoise, or maybe purple/lavendar (which is my favorite color), but yellow adds pizzaz. See what I mean!

Diane H said...

Green would definately be one of my picks. Thanks for a chance to win Sue's book.

deserae said...

I have to have blue!

Quilt n Queen said...

I would say cream or white for sure and almost always you will find green. Luving Sue's book more each day. Luv quilts with 3 or 4 fabrics ...but that is not to say I don't like scrappy because I luv scrappy quilts too...I think it is safe to say I like all quilts...have a wonderful week and thank you Kim for participating in Sue's 'Pick Four' book blog hop...blog hops are always fun!!

JCnNC said...

Lovely review of this wonderful book. Thank you for this opportunity to win. Judy C in NC

Cindy W. said...

Oh I think green will be in the pick four. Yes I am in the path of Irene. Roads are closing and flooding all over. I think she is coming to an end here. Thank goodness. Thanks for a chance to win.

Quilts4fun said...

red would be my color

Mimi said...

I think blue would be my first choice for colour. Thanks!

quilter said...

My quilt will be RED!
Thank,
Gloria
gyates625@bellsouth.net

Hands Sew Full said...

I am definitely a blue girl! I usually find a way to sneak in some blue unless it is a baby quilt for a girl, then, well I'm all over the pink!!! Thanks for your great review!

Marypat said...

I love blue so that would be my first choice!

Nanbon44 said...

I think it would be black, it would make the rest of the color Pop

Dresden Quilter said...

Pink would be in one of my quilts. Thanks for the giveaway.

Catskill Quilter said...

What a great question! I think that fuschia would be my first pick, and I have been wanting to work with grey for awhile -- so grey would have to be in there too!

Lynn said...

Red! I've been in a red mood lately, not sure what that says about me.

Jeannette said...

Green, it is my favorite color!

Cheryl Willis said...

my favorite color is scrappy with my second favorite-plaid lol
my favorite real colors are blue followed by green and reds. cw

Snoodles said...

I would include my new favorite: orange! Thanks for the chance to win!

Kathy MacKie said...

I'm addicted to green and don't have the willpower to stop. Thanks for the great book giveaway.

Rainy said...

Blue would be the color, my faorite no matter what the blue looks like.

Sunni @Love Affair with my Brother said...

I know it is a little safe, but I would choose white. I love to do scrap quilts, too, and white makes the colors pop and sets off all the different scraps.

Pen Pen said...

I am into 'reds' these days... so def. RED. :o)

Tonya said...

that is a tough question. I think maybe I will do a color I've never used much. Maybe red?

Veronica said...

It would be more of what color WOULDN'T I use! I most likely will have blue in the first quilt that I make. I love that this book shows how to quilt. How cool!

Diane said...

Blue is my FAVORITE color. If it's not in the quilt blocks I want it in the sashing or borders. thank you for the great review and the chance to win an autographed copy! fun, fun.

Deb said...

After seeing that red pinwheel quilt that you pictured first, I know i'd love to have this book. Thanks for the chance.

Deanna said...

I (like half the world) have been contemplating a red and white quilt. These patterns appear that they would suit themselves perfectly to that idea.

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Kathy H said...

I would definitely have red as one of the 4 colors. Love that there are some hints in the book about how to quilt it. I always need help with that.

Anne Simonot said...

I love red, but I'm a little burnt out on it lately... so I will say black!
annesimonot@sasktel.net

Jen said...

I think red. I'm so subconsciously drawnt to red and never notice I'm using it until it's already done!

Sue said...

If I were to "Pick Four," the color yellow will be in at least one of my fabrics. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

Linda H said...

No question, it would be blue.n Thanks for the chance to win this great book!

Pink-a-Palooza said...

PINK..isnt that THE only color?

Gael of Pink-a-Palooza fame...lol

JJ said...

Nice book and My choice of color if I have one is green.

Christine said...

Loving red...looks like a great book!

hueisei said...

I will pick Red!

Hannah said...

Green would definitely be one of the four colors I would choose, in addition to white!

Beth paulson said...

Interesting ..pick four and if I did thet would be all scrappy in each group of the four..I love red , and next is blue...hope to win this book...Beth

Carrie P. said...

picking four fabrics is such a neat idea. I think I would have to have a green fabric.

Karen said...

You know me, it has to be barn red!!

Kathy in GA said...

I think I would have to put some peach/coral as one of my colors! Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

KWILEY said...

For sure red....thanks for a chance to win!